News - West Midlands


Coach development programme helps develop club athletes

Robert Simmonds from Warley Woods Pacers has recently gained his Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) qualification and wanted to use his knowledge and experience to develop the runners at his club. He took steps to find out more as part of his Coach Development Review, with the help of local England Athletics Club and Coach Support Officer (CCSO) June Swift and experts at Birmingham University.

World’s best Paralympians to star at Coventry athletics track

The weekend of the 19 - 20 July sees the staging of the third Coventry Godiva Classic at the Coventry athletics track. This year's athletics fixture is developing into a showcase competition for wheelchair racers in the UK. The growing significance of this annual meeting is illustrated by British Athletics listing the fixture as the final opportunity for GB athletes to set qualifying marks for the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea at the end of August.

Coach Diary Support Workshop: 6th August

An essential course for anyone who is completing either an Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness Qualification will be taking place in Sutton Coldfield on the evening of 6th August. The workshop is aimed to support those coaches who are currently completing the Coach in Running Fitness and Athletics Coach diary who feel they would benefit from some extra guidance and support.

Developing Wheelchair Racers coaching workshop: 19th July

Since the London Paralympic Games there has been a growth in the number of clubs and coaches providing wheelchair racing opportunities for new and development athletes. Following the promotion of a number of Introduction to Wheelchair Racing workshops, a Developing Wheelchair Racers coaching workshop will be held on 19th July.

England Athletics Consultation Survey - Now Live

Following the conclusion of the 2014 England Athletics Regional Club conference series, England Athletics committed to consulting the wider sport on the key issues that were raised. A short survey that covers these topics is now live.

Inspirational Sandwell Leisure Trust youngsters take top national honours

It was a huge success story for the Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) girls' athletics volunteer Team at the national young volunteer awards and dinner which took part in Staffordshire. Howard Court, Athletics Development Officer, said, "The girls are amazing - I am so proud to have them on this wonderful inspirational journey, making a difference and changing young people's lives one day at a time."